Indigenous Peruvians regain their ancestral wisdom to fight climate change

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A group of Peruvian indigenous activists have claimed the usefulness of their ancestral knowledge at the UN climate change conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.

“We don’t want that people talk only of climate change but of climate catastrophe,” said Roberto Espinoza, of the Asociación Interétnica de Desarrollo de la Selva Peruana (AIDESEP), in a press conference. “What can we do? There are alternatives, especially for Indigenous peoples and the wisdom of Indigenous women.”

One of them is Rosalía Yampis, director of the women’s program at that association, who also highlighted the “very important” role that they can have in adapting to the climate thanks to their knowledge of the seeds to be sown.

“The water, the drought, the increase of floods, the warming, all that is being caused is by the companies that have been predating our forests. Women have a proposal to recover the ancestral seeds we had to secure our food” ” she explains in an interview with UN News.

There are about 13 million indigenous people in Peru, and according to AIDESEP, “it has been amply demonstrated that their territories are fundamental to forest conservation.” In these lands, “deforestation is minimal, even less than in protected areas.”

Deforestation also means that less water is available. ” So we’re planting water, even if it sounds weird, with plants that Indigenous people know can improve the underground cycle of Water, ” says Roberto Espinoza.

Jammek Manikusi, a member of AIDESEP, explains that foreign plants such as pine and eucalyptus “have an impact on the ground.” “We need reforestation based on the wisdom about the nature of our peoples, with more appropriate methods and better adapted to the natural regeneration of the soils of the Amazon.

Everything is being ready for planting about 3,000 native plants on the slopes of the AA Hills. HH. Steering wheel II and steering wheel III, in the independence district, as part of the implementation of the sustainable ecotourism park “Boca de Sapo”, a project promoted by the local commune with support from Predes and USAID.

The plants to be installed in the following weeks are of the species huarango, huaranhuay, molle andino, palo verde, mimosa and tara, which are resistant to the arid climate of Lima. The designated area for this park is 14 hectares.

The irrigation of the plants will be by drip with treated wastewater, the same that will reach the entire park through a drive system.

The program” Risk Reduction in vulnerable areas of the independence district”, which is implemented by Predes with USAID funding, has been supporting the construction of this risk system and the purchase of the plants.

Integral development

This forest park is designed as a model for comprehensive land management that reduces disaster risk, stabilizes slopes, preserves protection areas, generates recreation areas and controls urban expansion in high-risk areas.

Union efforts

In order to contribute to the effort being made by the independence commune to carry out the Forest Park, yesterday 30 workers from the municipalities Los Olivos and Comas, equipped with batons, shovels and peaks, supported the digging of holes on several fronts.

The work was carried out from 08:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. together with staff from the municipality of Independencia, achieving the intended objective.

The Environmental Management Manager of the Olive Trees, Heidelberger Suyón Díaz, said they will continue to support this afforestation model, which can be taken as an example for other districts.

“The way forestation looks is quite interesting. We see that it will help prevent disasters and also invasions, ” the official said.

For his part, Arturo Espinoza, the Environmental Management Manager of the Comuna edil de Independencia, indicated that this aid was given as part of the cooperation of the municipalities that make up the Commonwealth of Lima Norte, in this case through the environmental axis.

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